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2018 Curious Cases flyer-page-001Curious Cases - “Shoot Away, Damn You!”: Judges of Los Angeles, 1850-1875

Sunday, October 21
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

 Like the town's lawyers, judges in Los Angeles spanned the spectrum of modern standards of professionalism, from Benjamin Hayes' sincere and solemn stances to William G. Dryden's often outlandish outbursts. 


Under the Oaktree 2018

Under the Oak Tree: Exploring Native Plants with the Kizh 
Saturday, November 3; 10 - 11 a.m. OR 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

Join members of the Kizh/Gabrieleño tribe to learn how the Kizh used native plants, the benefits of native plants on the environment, and how you can use them around your home today.




2018 Through the Viewfinder-page-001Through the Viewfinder: Frame by Frame - Photos Documenting the Transformation of Greater Los Angeles, 1870-1930
Sunday, November 4 
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

The Homestead's director, Paul Spitzzeri, will share images from the museum's collection of 9,000 photographs and discuss why we collect them, how we use them, and the stories they tell.


Past Events

2018 Through the Viewfinder-page-001

Through the Viewfinder: A Visit to the Film Studios

Sunday, July 8 
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; advance registration is recommended. This program has now ended.


 Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel, takes us back to the early days of filmmaking in Los Angeles as seen in the library's collection of over three million images!


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Curious Cases - Family Feud: The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865

Sunday, August 12
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Online reservations are now closed. Please call (626)968-8492 for availability.

Southern chivalry was expressed in the extreme when the King family employed personal justice in gun battles in El Monte and Los Angeles, a decade apart, against fellow Southerners Micajah Johnson and Robert Carlisle.